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MASTERS OF REALITY – “Sunrise On The Sufferbus” album evokes memories of hanging out and chillin’

Posted in 1990's hard rock music, 1990's rock music, 1990's stoner rock music, Album Review, classic hard rock, classic hard rock bands, classic hard rock music, classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, classic rock music, classic rock songs, collecting music, essential classic rock albums, essential hard rock albums, essential rock albums, feel good stories, Hard Rock, hard rock album review, hard rock songs, hard to find rock albums, hard to find rock cd's, Music, old school hard rock, Rock, rock album reviews, rock and roll, rock music, silly album covers, vintage hard rock albums, vintage rock albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Masters Of Reality "Sunrise On The Sufferbus" small picMasters Of Reality – Sunrise On The Sufferbus was released back in 1992, on Chrysalis Records. I already owned the 1988 debut album, (self titled), from Masters Of Reality when I jumped on this album back in 1992. The best way I can describe this band is Old School Stoner Rock/Hard Rock, in my Metal opinion. This is a grossly underrated Rock album, the musicianship, songs and total grooviness on Sunrise On The Sufferbus makes this a lifetime keeper, for me. My favorite song on this album is J.B. Witchdance, a non stop bass groove with a semi-haunting overall sound, always seems to put me in a cool mood. My second choice pick from Sunrise On The Sufferbus is She Got Me  (When She Got Her Dress On) – this song as with the entire album, is unbelievably unique, I just never heard a band sound like Masters Of Reality back then, nor do I now. This album is the closest thing to heavy without being so… I know that sounds crazy, I just cannot explain this music any better than that. O.K., maybe I’ll try this… cool under heavy… now that might work. (If you are wincing at the use of words here, just go with Stoner Rock).

My best buddy in the Metal Universe, Scott, well, he and I must have listened to this CD together at least… 250 times, maybe slightly more. I am not exaggerating here with the numbers… we both really locked into Sunrise On The Sufferbus. You see, Scott and I became very fascinated with the Sega Genesis game system back around 1991… so much that we were like anyone else who call themselves gamers, we played Sega Genesis games for very, very, long hours. Of course, during these marathon nights and/or days of  Sega Genesis, we both would listen to Heavy Metal and Hard Rock aplenty. Sunrise On The Sufferbus was just always played, again and again… and again. Speaking for myself here, to this day, I do not know what the hypnotic appeal is to Sunrise On The Sufferbus… all I can say is it stands alone with it’s Rock vibe. Again, I guess that is why I call it Stoner Rock. 

Looking back on those days in 1992 and the few years after, I appreciate the fact my best buddy Scott hung out with me for those endless hours of NHLPA Hockey, John Madden Football and Tony LaRussa Baseball. I really mastered those Sega Genesis games back then… Scott was not too shabby either, however, he never could keep up with my patented swoop move to the goalie, on the NHLPA Hockey game. Hanging out and chillin’ with my best buddy Scott so many years ago, when there were no major bills to pay, no deadlines to meet, just marathon rounds of Sega Genesis game playing and listening to Sunrise On The Sufferbus are memories I will never forget. We really did have a good time talking Metal, and listening to Metal and Hard Rock… hours at a time. (We listened to so much music during these marathon games, heck, Garth Brooks was even put into the CD rotation too). The Sega Genesis game system with all of those cool games, I gave to my nephew some years back. However, Sunrise On The Sufferbus is still in my CD collection and it is a pretty difficult Masters Of Reality CD to track down. The last time I checked, Sunrise On The Sufferbus is out of print. I can’t see myself parting with Sunrise On The Sufferbus for at least another 100 years or so.

Masters Of Reality, as they appeared on Sunrise On The Sufferbus: Chris Goss on lead vocals, guitars and keyboards, Googe on bass guitar and backing vocals and the legendary Ginger Baker on drums and backing vocals.

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Cheap Trick “The Latest” is their latest great album

Posted in 1970's rock music, 1980's rock music, Album Review, classic hard rock music, classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, classic rock music, cool album covers, current rock albums 2009, essential rock albums, hard rock album review, hard rock albums 2009, hard rock guitarists, hard rock music this decade, hard rock vocalists, Music, new hard rock album, Rock, rock album reviews, rock music, silly album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150Cheap Trick, “The Latest” may just very well be the album that proves this band has elevated themselves beyond the Rock Legends status. It is in my Metal opinion, Cheap Trick has become deserving of being called – Music Legends. Once again, Cheap Trick has not tried to reinvent themselves, instead they have created thirteen new songs that justifies their Rock and Roll existence and legendary status. What Cheap Trick has proven to me, with “The Latest”, is that I can marvel at this band and also learn a valuable lesson about life… the lesson of never giving into complacency. The last three Cheap Trick studio albums including “The Latest” is as strong a Rock Music achievement as I could ever hear. This band is just knocking out some of the greatest albums of their career, this decade alone.

The mindset to create a complete album of memorable songs, has not seemed to wane, from the Cheap Trick – bag of Rock Music tricks. “The Latest” begins with the song “Sleep Forever”, at 1:37 long. This song with it’s limited and heartfelt lyrics, coupled with a somber musical atmosphere and mood, took me off guard upon my first listen. My interpretation of this song, is saying goodbye to a loved one, someone that is cherished, after this loved one passes away. My beautiful Mother, someone I always and forever will cherish and love in my heart, passed away on July 10, 2009. I first listened to this album and “Sleep Forever” on July 21, 2009… I felt as if everything around me went still while my thoughts and feelings instantly gravitated towards my late Mother. The timing of my hearing this song for the first time, so close to the day my Mother passed away, became an emotional moment that I never anticipated from “The Latest” Cheap Trick album. I will say this… Cheap Trick has made one beautiful little song with “Sleep Forever”, a remarkable testament to this bands articulate musical diversity.

“Sleep Forever” is perfect being the first song on this album, for the remaining twelve songs are balanced with upbeat, Rock, Hard Rock and many dashes and dollops of that vintage Cheap Trick sound. In my Metal opinion, if this song was to be the last track to hear, instead of it being the first, well, it would be ending this great album on a sad note. This is a song that is perfect where it is, as song number one, let the emotions flow… then it is time to Rock the rest of the way through “The Latest”. Let it be known from me, that the remaining twelve songs on this album are as Rock inspiring as one could ever wish for. “California Girl” is classic Cheap Trick, with the Rock pace and lyrics resembling the roots of this prolific band. “Miracle” and “Times Of Our Lives” are two songs that signify the essence of how Cheap Trick taps into humanity as subject matter – all the while, in an uplifting, Rock spirit kind of way.

Fans of Cheap Trick are going to buy or already have this album. It is the casual Cheap Trick fan, the fan of Classic Rock and/or Hard Rock that I really recommend this album to. Cheap Trick, for me, have not lost their Rock edge, they have gained an edge with this new album. “The Latest” may have given me an emotional start with “Sleep Forever” at the onset, yet I thank Cheap Trick for that. This is a prime example of just how a song can keep me grounded, then the remaining album carries me off into Cheap Trick’s land of addicting Rock and Roll cool.

Cheap Trick: Rick Nielsen on guitars, background vocals & keyboards, Robin Zander on vocals, guitar & keyboards, Tom Petersson on bass, background vocals & guitar and Bun E. Carlos on drums & background vocals

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Violent Femmes – “Why Do Birds Sing?” is a unique album, a unique band

Posted in 1990's alternative rock music, 1990's college music, 1990's folk punk rock music, 1990's punk rock music, Album Review, essential punk rock albums, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock cover songs, punk rock music, punk rock songs, Rock, rock & roll, rock music, silly album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150Throughout my travels to antique stores and thrift shops, more often than not, I come across albums and/or CD’s that grab my attention in milliseconds. I usually find the Metal, Punk Rock or Extreme Music that is not in stock at your local Walmart, Best Buy or f.y.e., therefore my journey’s to these eclectic shops are never in vain. Sure, the vast majority of underground and obscure music titles can be had online just about anywhere you look, I am an avid consumer of online purchases this way. However, it is just a tad more cool to actually hunt down or stumble upon a CD of a band that is not on any mainstream or commercial charts… not in the limelight whatsoever… and this band is unique, a definite qualifier for existing in the world of Extreme Music. Please excuse me, if I say that the three dollars I paid to bring home Violent Femmes “Why Do Birds Sing?”, (released in 1991), was a smart move. Three dollars versus the eleven dollars (or more) it would have cost me to buy this CD brand new online… not counting the shipping and tax costs. Used CD? Is there such a thing? Man, a CD really has to be scratched up and bent out of shape for me to consider it used.  Besides, I am not that naive to purchase a used CD without inspecting the surface wear of the actual disc itself. Crap, I better get on with the actual music found here, on “Why Do Birds Sing?” and stop this ranting about the science of used CD hunting and purchasing.

Hey man, anytime a band is considered, labeled or sounds like Folk Punk Rock, this said band is embraced by Metal Odyssey. What is more unique than Folk Punk? C’mon, this genre is flying under the radar for decades and is a survivor. I certainly remember there being a cult following for the Violent Femmes back in my college days. (I honestly never gave them a listen back then, I was either too broke to afford new tunes or too occupied with my core bands of Thrash and Heavy Metal). Life is all about exploring… and explore my ears have done with this Violent Femmes CD. To pursue the music that lies within “Why Do Birds Sing?”, for me, is paralleled to taking a road trip without a map. In other words, this album has been something I never expected, I never really knew what may be around the next turn, what will the next song be like? Will there be memorable tunes along the way?

Before I mention some of the songs on this album… just look at the album cover artwork found here. I am going to use the words – retrospective silly. Yes, I used the words retrospective silly on Metal Odyssey. This artwork captures the who cares what the system thinks of us attitude that is sweltering from the music of the Violent Femmes. There are no muscular barbarians, warlocks, monsters, skulls, science fiction backdrops or busty women on this album cover. The music that is within “Why Do Birds Sing” does not need any of these covers to win me over. The music holds it’s own, without the help of cover artwork… the Violent Femmes created some really good music here, all 13 songs of it. These Violent Femmes do a darn good cover on The Culture Club hit “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”, for this genre of music, this song captivates as much as it rocks. “Hey Nonny Nonny” is a folk rocking, vocally punk rockin’, foot stompin’, knee slapping, pass me another beer, hip little song. “Used To Be” is a melodic, free flowing Rock & Roll song, reflecting on how a man and a woman used to be happy before their world ended… the lyrics never state exactly why their worlds ended. “Girl Trouble” definitely encompasses all things 1950’s Rock & Roll, only that the lyrics and vocals would never fit into the decade of the ’50’s. (This song definitely fits in with me). My favorite song on this album is “More Money Tonight” – this is the one track that does not have the Folk Punk Rock happening, instead it rocks like a late 1970’s Rolling Stones tune… vocally I swear I hear Mick Jagger himself. (I am not kidding).

In the grand scope of Folk Punk Rock, these Violent Femmes are and should be regarded as true stalwarts for their genre. If you are looking to get into a band that is so damn different from what you are currently into, the Violent Femmes will give you a taste of old time Rock & Roll, mixed in with some Folk, sprinkled with some eccentric lyrics, and layered with Punk Rock attitude and vocals. The crusty surface on all of these songs only make for a more diverse and unique musical trip. The Violent Femmes as they appear on “Why Do Birds Sing?”: Gordon Gano on vocal and acoustic guitar, Brian Ritchie on acoustic bass guitar, banjo, electric guitar and jaw harp, Victor DeLorenzo on brushed snare drum, tranceaphone, vocals and drums and Michael Beinhorn on piano.

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